WotC Statement on OGL from WotC

Wizards of the Coast has made a short statement regarding the ongoing rumors surrounding OneD&D and the Open Gaming License. In a short response to Comicbook.com, the company said "We will continue to support the thousands of creators making third-party D&D content with the release of One D&D in 2024. While it is certain our Open Game License (OGL) will continue to evolve, just as it has since its inception, we're too early in the development of One D&D to give more specifics on the OGL or System Reference Document (SRD) at this time."

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It's not clear what WotC means when they say that the OGL will 'continue to evolve' -- while there have been two versions of the license released over the years, each is non-rescindible so people are free to use whichever version of the license they wish. Indeed, that is written into the license itself -- "Wizards or its designated Agents may publish updated versions of this License. You may use any authorized version of this License to copy, modify and distribute any Open Game Content originally distributed under any version of this License."

During the D&D 4th Edition era, WotC published a new, separate license called the Game System Licence (GSL). While it was used by third party publishers, it was generally upopular.
 
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Russ Morrissey

Russ Morrissey



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Here's the statement:

"We will continue to support the thousands of creators making third-party D&D content with the release of One D&D in 2024. While it is certain our Open Game License (OGL) will continue to evolve, just as it has since its inception, we're too early in the development of One D&D to give more specifics on the OGL or System Reference Document (SRD) at this time."
 








darjr

I crit!
Isn't that kind of a problem? I would have expected a corporation like Hasbro to be dealing with IP legalities/questions in the very early phases of a project.
Not if they intended to go OGL already, anyway. It might have been considered a dealt with question.

So dealing with the devilish details, like actually making the SRD, might just be on the back burner.

Maybe.
 


darjr

I crit!
I gotta admit seems like a lot of folks think it leaves too much wiggle room.

I dint agree but that may not matter.
 
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Could the hesitation be about the digital interface? Surely not just modules. That train left the station in terms of community expectations.
 





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